LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 With an ever increasing rate of obesity occurring in the adult population all over the United States, there has also been a corresponding increase in instances of hiatal hernias. Hiatal Hernias are a common medical condition often caused by over exertion through strenuous exercise, but are also a prevalent condition brought on by obesity. When a hiatal hernia occurs, the upper portion of the stomach is pushed through a weakened hiatal opening in the diaphragm, potentially causing significant discomfort and pain in the affected individual. People that are overweight are more prone to this condition because of increased abdominal weight pushing against the stomach and diaphragm. Though a number of hiatal hernias are asymptomatic, many who have them suffer from frequent acid reflux, difficulty swallowing, shortness of breath, heartburn and pain in the chest. The frequent acid reflux can cause damage to esophageal lining and has even led to esophageal cancer in some cases. These risks and effects create many hindrances for life enjoyment for those diagnosed with hiatal hernias. Since so many patients with hiatal hernias are also obese with a BMI of 35 or higher, Los Angeles surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz of Keyhole Surgical Associates has gained attention for helping patients overcome their weight issues and repairing their hiatus hernias in one surgical operation, circumventing the need to perform two separate surgeries.
Dr. Feiz has successfully performed a countless number of different bariatric surgeries, including Lap Band/Realize Band, sleeve gastrectomy, and Lap gastric bypass surgery. By carrying out these surgeries laparoscopically on eligible patients, he is able to reduce scarring, healing time, and the risk of infection, making it a comprehensively more beneficial means of performing surgery than broad incision surgery, which exposes the abdominal cavity and takes longer to heal. Based on the patient's specific weight, size, age and health condition, Dr. Feiz chooses the best method of weight loss surgery in order to ensure safety and effectiveness. If a patient has a BMI of 35 or higher, has had no success with previous weight loss attempts, and also has a hiatal hernia, Dr. Feiz can perform the Lap Band surgery and the hiatal hernia repair in one procedure. By making 3-4 small incisions in the abdomen, Dr. Feiz is able to insert a tiny endoscopic camera, along with the thin surgical instruments needed to carry out the operation. Via the camera footage being streamed to a high definition monitor, Dr. Feiz can guide his instruments, allowing him to push the stomach back in place and suture the hole in the diaphragm until it's back to a more normal size. Once that is done, he can put the Lap Band in place and install the associated abdominal implant. The Lap Band significantly restricts the flow of food into the stomach, allowing patients to feel full with less food intake.
After the surgery is done patients are relieved from their hiatal hernias and swiftly begin losing their problematic excess weight. With the weight loss that ensues, patients can experience more out of life, improve their self image, and prevent hiatal hernias from happening again.
A board certified bariatric surgeon, Dr. Feiz is an expert in the field, having performed countless successful weight loss surgeries in Southern California.
To schedule an appointment regarding hiatal hernia repair with the Lap Band or sleeve gastrectomy, please contact Dr. Feiz's office at 877-301-1333 or visit http://www.DrFeiz.com
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SOURCE Keyhole Surgical Associates